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the federal government and fema and the bureaucracy i think it's daunting. people are worried it's going to be red tape and programs that are not going to essentially solve their needs in the short term. you know, the short-term needs people have here is basically to get the debris away from their homes to secure structures to make it safer. there are still thousands of people in shelters who are going to be running out of food and supplies and those kinds of places up and down the coast and further inland. power, of course, is out to 60% of the entire state. so before -- once you get those things re-established, then you can begin to start rebuilding and really getting your foot -- your feet back on the ground here. it's going to take a while. i think people are encouraged that the president is coming. it certainly shows that he's concerned about what's happened here. but as always, i think there are going to be a lot of doubts and frustrations in terms of what exactly is going to happen here soon because it's going to take a while. obviously it's going to take a while. andrea? >> ron a
waiting to get in. that's good news. a couple developments here. the state and federal government authorities have signed an executive order that weighs state requirements fuel tankers register and pay a tax before unloading, that's supposed to expedite things and the obama administration has issued a temporary blanket waiver on the jones act which will allow additional oil tankers coming from the gulf of mexico to enter the ports up here. recall this was a big deal during katrina. the jones act requires all vessels carrying products between u.s. ports to fly under the u.s. flag, be built in the u.s., and be crude mostly be u.s. citizens the fact they're waiving that will hopefully expedite more fuel in here. what are they doing on the ground? trying to get the power to restored to gas stations that don't have power. you can't pump gas if you don't have power. power is restored to the terminals to get the fuel, of course, on to the trucks. that's a priority. now, there are trucks moving and there is gas here. the issue are those other two issues really kind of slowing things down
and business and tourism and leisure. >> everything but government. government was down by 13,000. >> yes. >> because of state and local government layoffs probably. >> absolutely. >> at the same token you want 250,000 or more new jobs to keep up with population growth to show the economy is expanding at any kind of vigorous pace. >> we do. i will remind people when the president took office, when he started we lost 4 million jobs, now we have added 5.4 million jobs, that's 1.2 million additional jobs that have come back. we are somewhat out of the ditch but we still need more help. we need cooperation and that's why the president says we need to look at infrastructure development to put construction workers back, to get teachers back on the payroll by passing the american jobs act that has componentsents to allow fort increase in sgroets and hopefully extend the payroll tax we'll have a stimulus so people can spend more money. >> you've been to 13 states, is that correct? >> i've been out talking about manufacturing jobs and talking with community colleges, to see how we can get the mism
has asked for and received a team of experts from the federal government who will come in to try to help pump the water out of the subway tunnels all of which flooded. the bridges are slowly opening back up. but they still don't want people driving around because it is just too dangerous. but perhaps the most disturbing thing of all, is that at least ten new yorkers lost their lives in this storm last night. andrea? >> and ann, just a couple other things. there were moments like when the building in chelsea came down, i think it was around 8:00 or 8:30 last night. >> yep. >> when that building came down, those firefighters, those first responders, they went tearing in, visible from across the street, they just went right in without even missing a heartbeat to try to rescue anyone who was inside. just the response of the police and firefighters in new york, is so heart compelling. and then on top of everything else, new york hospital, the other side of the island, upper east side, that evacuation, with the nurses taking out the infants from the neonatal unit, nicu, 250 people, pat
loss of life. three or maybe four have been killed. there was a very good all levels of government, state, county, towns and villages, so there's a lot of cooperation. the main thing right now, i would say, is to get people's power back on. there's 1.1 million customers in long island power authority and over 900,000 lost power. it's unprecedented. and that includes the hospital, police stations, fire departments, schools. you know right down the line. but it's, again, almost 90% of the residents in nassau county have lost their power. >> you've been everywhere. yesterday helping constituents clean home in sea brook harbor. as a committee chairman you have unique power and authority, certainly you've been in touch with fema and other homeland security official. what more can they do for you? >> secretary napolitano, she called me when i was at a home, believe it the no a 9/11 mother who lost two sons, her home was devastated. and janet call made at time, she spoke to the mother. fema's implanted in the police emergency command center. we have fema right there doing outstanding job.
a national election? >> well, look, elections are run by state and local officials. the federal government does not run the elections as it is. look, there is some precedence to this. during 9/11, on 9/11, was the new york city mayoral race and they delayed everything. you know, it would have to be up to a local authority to do that but that local authority i think you're going to be getting into provisional ballot issues. i think -- i think that that's the more likely scenario you don't postpone the day but maybe you expand the types of ballots, maybe you're more lenient on checking people in, but forcing provisional votes so it's going to take longer to verify the voters and all those things. i think that that's the most likely scenario that you would have some localities that would have to move, change positions, maybe even delay, but that would seem the least likely option but to come up with some way to deal with what you said if you have an electronic voting machine and no power how do you deal with that? >> we heard again from the campaigns, jim mess siena and david axelrod, e-mails
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